On Wednesday, I had my 22nd birthday.
It was actually a very quiet day. I relaxed, and had dinner at an amazing Indian restaurant (you can never go wrong with Chicken Tikka Masala). I had originally planned to go to an Ethiopian restaurant, but sadly the one in my town had closed down *very sad face*.
Turning 22 sparked an interesting debate in my head. I don’t feel as though 21 I did anything extremely special. I didn’t really travel anywhere exciting, mainly due to focusing on school and getting those credits out of the way. I did many weekend trips, but I felt as though I had been through my major Gung Ho push into adult hood the following year (you can read my post 2013: The Big One). It is easy to forget that my time in my undergrad career is almost up. I am about to enlist on a completely new journey, and I have absolutely no idea which direction I’m going to take.
However, maybe I didn’t travel to a new exotic place. Maybe I didn’t try many new things. But, I learned so much about myself, and who the person I want to become.
So I compiled a list of some of the things I want to achieve at 22:
1. Speaking up for myself:
This is a big one for me. I have a tendency to shut down when in a situation that makes me uncomfortable, yet I want to feel as though I can say what I want to say and not worry about it!
2. Listening to my heart:
Graduating means that I can choose the life I want to live. Listening to my heart instead of living my life for others means that I take responsibility for my dreams and goals and I go after them.
3. Identifying my goals:
Instead of saying “I want to do big things” I want to identify what big things and call them into action.
4. Saying no and not feeling guilty:
For some reason, I feel guilty for turning others down even if it’s for a valid reason. I want to not feel guilty for saying no because I’m saying no for a reason.
5. Making time to do the things I want to do:
I want to read more books, I want to write more blog posts, I want to run more, I want to book my ticket and travel, I want to make time for the things that I want to do!
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